Gavin Williamson MP for South Staffordshire has called on Staffordshire County Council to take action to help save the historic road bridge that goes over the Bratch Locks on Bratch Lane in Wombourne.
The Bridge which has a 7.5 tonne weight limit is in constant danger of damage as a large number of lorries use the lane despite the weight limit as there are not enough signs visible to prevent them from doing so. Gavin Williamson MP has written to the County Highways to ask them to look into this matter following complaints from residents who regularly have to help lorry drivers negotiate their way back out of Bratch Lane. This causes inconvenience for the residents and the drivers.
Commenting on this Gavin Williamson MP said:
‘This is a real problem for many locals as many lorries try to use the bridge despite exceeding the 7.5 tonne limit. I have asked the County Council to explore options that can be taken to prevent lorries travelling down this lane and causing grave structural and cosmetic damage to this historic bridge.’
Gavin Williamson has asked the County Highways department to look into this matter immediately to see what can be done to inform drivers of heavy goods vehicles that they cannot travel along Bratch Lane.